Victoria Lee Breaks Down Upcoming Matchup With Wang Luping

Published 07/22/2021, 8:42 AM EDT


16-year-old Victoria Lee is making her second appearance in the Circle this year.

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Lee is scheduled to take on China’s Wang “Little Sprouts” Luping in a three-round atomweight contest at ONE: BATTLEGROUND, which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Friday, 30 July.

Lee believes she’s grown immensely over the last few months and plans to showcase her improvements in her next fight. “The Prodigy” broke down her matchup against Wang and says she’s confident she can come out with the victory.

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“I think that her biggest strength would be her striking. She seems like a power-based striker, throwing to knock you out. But I’ve also been improving my striking, my grappling, wrestling — the whole MMA game. And so I think the way that I mix it up in a fight, it’s going to neutralize her strengths,” Lee said.

“I think that every fighter has to have confidence in themselves in order to take a fight. And to me, it doesn’t really matter what my opponents say. It only matters what happens inside of the cage. So I’m just focusing on myself and not whatever is going on on the other side, and then we’ll just see what happens when we meet in the cage.”

Against Wang, Lee faces a Sanda specialist with more professional fight experience on her side. The 21-year-old from Xi’An will be looking to derail the hype train that follows the Singaporean-American.

Lee, however, isn’t worried about what her opponent brings to the table. Instead, she wants to focus on what she can control, and work to put forth another electric performance.

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“I think that I can use my height and reach to my advantage on controlling the ranges for mixing up the strikes and the takedowns. However, although she’s a shorter fighter with the shorter reach advantage, I’m not discrediting her because, with footwork, it can make up for the range disadvantage, so I will be sharp, and I’m not going to underestimate her,” Lee said.

“Similar to my last fight, where my opponent also had more experience than me, I feel like it will be a similar process going into this fight. A similar frame of mind of just focusing on just staying focused and trusting the training that we’ve been doing, trusting the game plan, and just pushing to finish.”

ONE: BATTLEGROUND marks ONE Championship’s much-anticipated return in the second half of 2021. In the main event, Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao defends his ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title against young phenom Prajanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym.

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In the co-main event, former two-division ONE World Champion Aung La N Sang takes on Leandro Ataides in a pivotal middleweight clash.

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